Let there be lights, says UMBC, hoping to increase attendance

April 15, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

UMBC is about to shed a little light on the subject of lacrosse and soccer.

Lights will be installed at UMBC Stadium for soccer and lacrosse. The $220,000 project will be completed as early as next month, perhaps in time to stage the Maryland Scholastic Association lacrosse tournament.

"We hope night games will increase attendance," athletic director Charlie Brown said. "We'd like to host high school soccer and pro soccer, too, if it comes back."

* Weak on grass: Loyola has dropped three straight in the same season for the first time since 1978. In their first six games, the Greyhounds scored 93 goals (15.5 average), but only 17 (5.7) in the past three.

The past four games have been on grass, which coach Dave Cottle says might be part of the problem. Loyola plays home games and holds most practices on artificial turf.

"Our players are falling down on grass fields and having trouble changing directions," Cottle said. "Before away games on grass, we do practice on a regular field behind the dorms, but it's more dirt than grass. We're looking for another grass practice field."

* Lukacz hot: Brian Lukacz, a senior on Johns Hopkins' second midfield, had his best game in the win over Army, with four goals and an assist. In the Blue Jays' previous seven games, one of which he missed due to a death in the family, Lukacz had totaled five goals and two assists.

Hopkins' game with longtime rival Washington College, called off March 11 because of a muddy field in Chestertown, will not be rescheduled. The schools couldn't settle on a date.

* In the same spot: Goalie Kevin Farrington, who tied a Navy record with 27 saves in the upset victory over Maryland, is questionable for today's game at Georgetown because of a bruised shin.

"An athlete gets a bad shin, and it seems like a magnet," coach Bryan Matthews said. "Kevin first got hit in practice last week, then warming up for Maryland, then twice during the game, always in the same spot. It's so tender, he can hardly walk."

Goalie depth is a Navy strength, however, thanks to Mike Groth and Mike McNulty.

* It's the atmosphere: Ask Maryland coach Dick Edell what concerns him most about playing Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field on Saturday and his response is: "The atmosphere. It'll be the biggest crowd [probably 5,000-plus] for our kids this year, unless we make the Final Four. It's hard for young kids to realize what it's like to play at Hopkins."

* No. 1 comes to town: Harvard, ranked No. 1 in the women's poll, in town today to play at No. 5 Loyola (3:30 p.m.). The Crimson (8-0) is coming off a 7-5 victory over Maryland, in Cambridge, Mass., Saturday. Loyola (8-1) has won eight straight since opening with a 9-7 loss at Penn State, ranked fourth.

Today's games

)UMBC (9-2) vs. Mount (3-6)

Site: Mountaineer Field, Emmitsburg, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: UMBC can't afford to look past Mount St. Mary's, even though Loyola comes up Saturday. Steve Marohl, who needs two goals to become the first Retriever to reach 100 goals and 100 assists, has scored 20 of his 221 career points in three games against the Mount -- his father's alma mater. The Mounties, on a five-game losing streak, scored only three against Notre Dame on Saturday, their lowest output in four years.

Navy (6-3) vs. Georgetown (6-1) Site: Kehoe Field, Washington, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Navy, which has won six of its past seven, is coming off an 11-3 upset of Maryland. Georgetown suffered its first loss, to Villanova, but still is off to its best start. The teams met for the first time last year, Navy winning, 13-6. Georgetown looks to Joe Callahan (16 goals, 10 assists). Gardner Smith (21, 5) leads Navy. Midshipmen sophomores Jamie Slough (21, 2) and Tom Roszko (12, 9) have accounted for 31 percent of the team's points and almost tripled their 1991 outputs, with three games left.

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